Dog & Cat Tips

Whether it's your first day with your new best friend or you're looking to teach an old dog some new tricks, we encourage you to browse these helpful tips, informative articles and pointers to keep your furry friend healthy, happy and safe.

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Keeping Your Best Friend Safe 

Creating a first-aid kit you can take on the go.

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Enjoying Dog Days at the Beach

Get seven tips for taking your best bud to the beach.

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Your Pup’s First Trip to the Park

Get tips for taking your pup to the dog park.

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Does Fido Chase Squirrels in His Sleep?

Exploring whether or not dogs really do dream.

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Why the Need to Knead? 

Five reasons your feline friend kneads.

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Which Plants are Safe for Pets?

Ten pet-friendly greens and blooms for your home.

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Finding the Right Dog Bed

Get tips for buying the perfect bed for your pooch.

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Picking the Right Cat Bed

Help your feline get to sleep comfortably with the right bed.

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Enjoying America’s Best Monuments

Seven four-paw friendly places to take your dog.

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Different Outdoor Dog Fun

Walking, again? Try these less common activities with your pal.

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Raising a Smarty Cat

Stimulate your feline’s brain and body with fun food-games and activities.

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Raising a Furry Genius

Stimulate your pal’s brain and body with fun food-games and activities.

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Puppies and Kittens Need DHA

Why DHA is an important Omega 3 fatty acid all puppies and kittens need for healthy development.

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Big or Small, We Love Them All.

Are you a big-dog or a small-dog person? See the pros and cons of raising either size pal.

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Protecting Paws from Hot Surfaces

Help prevent your pal’s paws from being scorched when the pavement heats up.

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Why Leaving a Dog in a Parked Car is Dangerous

Cars heat up fast. Watch for signs of heatstroke and never leave your dog in your vehicle.

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How to Make Dog-Friendly “Ice Cream”

Instead of making ice cream for dogs, try this delicious, dog-friendly, frozen yogurt recipe.

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How to Protect Your Dog from Common Diseases

Help prevent and protect your dog from common diseases with these tips.

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How to Give Your Dog or Cat Medications

Avoid the spills and spit-outs of administering pet medication with these helpful tips.

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How to Introduce Cats to Resident Dogs

Get tips for successful cat and dog introductions from Blue Buffalo.

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Gently Guide Your Dog through His Golden Years

Get helpful life hacks for making your senior dog more comfortable in his golden years.

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Avoiding Canine Ear Infections

Help your dog avoid common ear infections.

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Caring for Your Large Breed Dog

Give your big dog special attention with these handy tips.

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Take a Hike with Your Best Pal

Hit the trail with these handy tips for safe hiking with your best buddy.

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Tips for Calming Pets During Fireworks

Help lower the boom of summer celebrations with these pet-calming tips.

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De-skunking Your Little Stinker

Get tips for preventing and treating smelly encounters with skunks.

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Help Your Little Dog
Live Large

Meet your small breed’s needs with our
helpful tips.

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Seven Signs Your Dog is Aging

Spot the signs and learn how to help your dog grow old gracefully with you by his side.

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How to Hire a Dog Walker

Can’t take your dog out for his daily jaunts?
See how to hire a professional dog walker.

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How to Spot Kitten Diseases

Help protect your kitten by watching out for these symptoms.

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What Every New Pup Parent Should Know

Blue Buffalo has important tips for raising a well-adjusted pup.

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Social Butterflies, Not Scaredy Cats

Get tips for socializing your kitten so she has healthy relationships with everyone.

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Does Your Cat Have Allergies?

Fleas, food, pollen. See if your cat is showing signs of feline allergies.

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Can Dogs and Cats Catch Colds?

Can they share illnesses with us? Learn more about illnesses affecting dogs and cats.

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How Dog Lovers Can Bond with Cats

Three ways canine people can relate to felines.

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Dogs and Cats are Good for our Health

Emotionally and physically, furry family members are good for us.

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Hairy Situation?

Learn about the cause of your cat’s hairballs and how to help reduce them.

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How to Keep Your Senior Dog Moving

Help your older dog move smoothly and healthfully into his golden years.

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Service Dogs for Heroes

See how service dogs are successfully combating veterans’ PTSD symptoms.

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Five Ways to Spring into Good Pet Health

Get five seasonal tips to help your dog or cat enjoy a healthy spring.

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Keeping an Eye on Your Pet’s Vision

What to look for to care for your dog’s or cat’s eyes at home.

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See Why Older Pets Make Great Rescues

Read how senior shelter pets may be the perfect furry addition to your family.

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Does your cat have a clawing personality?

Safely change her scratching behavior so your furniture, and your sanity, remains unscathed.

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Tips for Preventing Older-Dog Injuries

Stay on top of diet, exercise and vet visits to help your senior dog stay injury-free.

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Tips for Preventing Injuries in Older Felines

Stay on top of diet, exercise and vet visits to help your mature cat stay injury-free.

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Set up a Healthy Feeding Schedule for Your Kitten

See how to start your kitten off on the right paw with a healthy feeding schedule.

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Surviving Bath Time

Does your water-hating cat need a proper bath? We make it easier with some helpful tips.

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How to Bathe Your Dog

Suds up your dog with these helpful tips from Blue Buffalo®. Plus how to find the right shampoo!

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Touring the Snake River with Your Best Pal

Take a wild ride along the Snake River with your best pal. Prepare yourself and your pooch with these helpful tips.

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Five Fun Flatland Facts

Learn more about America’s flatland prairies with these five facts. See why they’re the wild inspiration behind BLUE Wilderness® Flatland Feast recipes.

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How to Enjoy America’s Flatlands with Your Pal

Turn your canine into the ultimate prairie dog and explore his wild side when you tour America’s flatlands.

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5 Fun Facts for Your Snake River Adventure

Learn more about the mighty Snake River, the wild inspiration behind BLUE Wilderness® Snake River Grill recipes.

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Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

What gets us every time is the way dogs tilt their heads. As soon as a dog cocks his head and looks up, our hearts just melt. This action also has us wondering, why do dogs tilt their heads? After some extensive research on the subject, and it appears there's no for-sure answer.

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How and When to Switch from Puppy to Adult Dog Food

Puppy, adult and senior: all three stages are important times in your furry pal’s life when it’s appropriate to ask your veterinarian about your dog’s diet.

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CPR How-To for Pet Parents

It’s wise to arm yourself on the basics so you can administer CPR before the veterinarian is able to treat your four-legged companion. Here are steps that could save your furry family member’s life.

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Think Inside the Box

What good is a litter box if your cat doesn’t use it? Here are 7 tips to get your cat to love her litter box.

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Teaching Your Puppy to Play Fetch

Like any good sport, training your pup to fetch takes practice. Here are a few ways to start.

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Apartment Training Your Puppy

Not all of us can provide a spacious, fenced-in yard for our puppies to run free. The good news is canines can lead healthy, happy lives in apartments or condo complexes. Here are some tips to get you started.

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How to Change Your Cat’s Nighttime Habits So You Can Sleep

You may notice that your cat's activity level spikes during the night. While some cats are more active than others at night, this comes as no surprise because cats are naturally nocturnal animals.

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Car Safety Tips for Your Dog

Whether you’re heading out on a family road trip or just heading to the yearly vet checkup, make sure you're prepared to keep your dog safe during the car ride.

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3 Tips to Crate Train Your Puppy

A crate is a great puppy training tool for housebreaking and behavioral issues plus they create a safe haven.   

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Puppy Socialization Tips

Proper socialization in the first four months of your puppy's life is essential. Without socialization skills, your pup may become timid, fearful or even aggressive, so setting a successful foundation for a happy, healthy life begins when they’re young.

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Four Commands Every Puppy Should Know

Training puppies is about keeping your little guy safe and well adjusted as he grows into a healthy adult.

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Tips to Survive Kitten Teething

Kitten teething can be made more bearable for your kitten and you with these helpful tips.

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Importance of Exercise for Mature Cats

Just like us, cats are less likely to play on their own as they grow tired with age, a time when exercise becomes increasingly important. Here are a few ways you can engage your feline pal more easily. 

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Puppy Teething Survival Tips

Puppy teething can be made more bearable for your puppy and you with these helpful tips.

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Retrieving the Right Dog Trainer

When looking for a dog trainer, it’s all about matching your dog with a professional trainer who can meet his needs. Here are five tips to help you find a trustworthy trainer for your dog family member. 

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What to Expect at Your Pet's Yearly Checkup

The annual veterinarian visit is not a favorite road trip for many of our four-legged friends. Here are ways to make the journey a bit smoother for your dog or cat.

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Paw Patrol: The Dogs of Denali

Denali National Park draws over 400,000 visitors annually, and while the natural wonders in the park are the main draw, some working dogs contribute to the allure.

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Visit Denali National Park

Denali National Park draws over 400,000 visitors annually, and while the natural wonders in the park are the main draw, some working dogs contribute to the allure.

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5 Things You Should Know About The Bayou

Here are five things you may not know about the bayou, the most iconic and mysterious landscape in the southern U.S.

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Know Before You Go: 10 Facts About Denali

Rugged and breathtakingly beautiful, Denali National Park is one of the best places to visit if you're longing to escape into the wild. 

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Best Bayou Destinations for You and Your Best Buddy

The bayous of the southern United States offer an outstanding array of outdoor excursions for you and your dog.

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Explore the Mysteries of America’s Bayou

Velvety layers of cascading Spanish moss and tall cypress trees enhance the bayou’s secretive appeal. Add in the diverse wildlife that call these seemingly slow-moving waters home — and bayou country offers a lot to explore.

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

How to puppy-proof your house, from protecting your furniture and carpet to dog-proofing your garden, including how to get puppies and dogs to stop chewing.

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Kitten-Proofing Your Home

In order to keep your new kitten safe, you’ll want to kitten-proof your place before you bring the fluff ball home that first day. 

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Safe Cat Car Travel

Short trip or long, making your cat comfortable in the car will provide smoother travel for all.

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How to Find the Best Carrier for Your Cat

When transporting your cat to the vet or on a long trip, it is always best to use a cat carrier for everyone’s safety.

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Tips for keeping pets calm during a storm

Whether your cat or dog becomes clingy, hides under the nearest upholstery cushion or tears up the carpet, try these six strategies to help keep them calm during thunderstorms.

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How To Leash Train Your Cat

Leash training your cat is the safe and fun way to introduce her to the big outdoors. Learn how with these steps.

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Dog Leash Training

Walking (a.k.a. exercising) your canine is one of the most important activities you can do with your furry companion. If done correctly, it’ll help him bond to you as his pack leader

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Kitten Training 101

Kittens are extremely intelligent and can be trained to use litter boxes, obey commands and even perform adorable tricks. Just keep some of these basic training steps in mind.

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Five Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

Whether it’s every day or once a year, here are a few tips to ensure your doggy’s workday goes smoothly so that everyone has a great time and no one, least of all your pooch, ends up in the doghouse. 

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Three Ways to Improve Your Pet Photos

Capturing a great image of your furry family member isn’t rocket science, but it can be a bit of a challenge. So here are three tips to get that perfect dog or cat picture.

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Mosquito Prevention for Dogs and Cats

How to help your furry loved ones avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

 

 

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5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog or Cat

Thinking about getting a new pet family member? Consider these 5 reasons why adopting a shelter dog or cat is the best way to bring a new family member into your home. 

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The Link to the Lynx

When it comes to our felines’ ancestors, no cat better captures the spirit of the wild than the lynx. Stealthy predators that roam Europe, North America and Asia, the lynx has long been shrouded in mystery and revered for its hunting prowess.

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Exploring Your Dog's Wild Ancestry

You don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist to observe your own pooch’s inner wolf. Domestic dogs and wolves share many traits, from marking and defending their territories, to burying prized possessions

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10 Life Lessons Pet Parents Can Learn from Our Dogs and Cats

We take advice from friends, family and TV personalities; why not tune into the wisdom of our pets? All of that pawing, nudging and staring must be trying to tell us something…

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Exercising Your Pet's Body and Mind

Just like humans, dogs and cats need exercise to maintain good health. Along with physical exercise, your pet's brain needs exercise also to prevent boredom and depression.

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The Pet Obesity Epidemic

We’ve been hearing it for years: Being overweight can cause heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and a host of other health issues. Unfortunately, many of us haven’t gotten the message—at least where our dogs and cats are concerned.

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Wet Your Cat’s Appetite

Cats aren’t hydrophobic by nature, in fact some like getting wet, but for some reason felines tend not to drink as much water as they should.

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Is your Dog or Cat Overweight? What you need to know.

Read through this handy infographic for more information on the impact of pet obesity and how you can help your pet stay fit

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Eight Dog & Cat Tips for Autumn

The crisp, sweet smell of apples in the air, pumpkins decorating doorsteps, and cooler temps; Fall has its merits but make sure your pet stays safe during this season.

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Separation Without Anxiety

Your pet is a member of your family, but there are times when it's not possible, convenient or well-advised to include your furry friend in your travel plans.

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Cat Nutrition

Learn more about your cat's specific nutritional requirements and how to ensure healthy growth and playful energy.

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having a plan and being prepared for disaster is important for all family members, especially your dog and cat. Follow these tips to make sure you are all prepared - just in case.

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Dogging Fleas and Ticks: Debugging Your Canine

Adoring furry companions means enduring pests that come along for the ride. Like most of us, fleas and ticks love warm weather so expect to see more of these free loaders around your pet and your home in spring and summer.  Here are a few helpful tips and product ideas for preventing these parasites from plaguing your dog and your family all season long.

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Getting Ticks Off!
How to Safely Remove Them.

Whether you’re a pet parent, animal lover or simply spend time outdoors, you’ll inevitably come across ticks. If your fur flies at the thought of removing these annoying arachnids, familiarize yourself with the following steps.

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Vacationing with Furry Family Members

Vacations have gone to the dogs and cats! Fun & safe travel tips for bringing your pet on vacation with you.

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The Nutritional Needs of
Small Breeds

While dogs of all ages and sizes may share many similar characteristics, when it comes to nutrition they all have their own unique needs. In this article we’ll explore some of the differences and nutritional needs unique to our small breed buddies.

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The Nutritional Needs of Large Breed Dogs

While dogs of all ages and sizes may share many similar characteristics, when it comes to nutrition they all have their own unique needs. In this article we’ll explore some of the differences and nutritional needs unique to our large breed buddies.

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs and Cats

Even though spring botanicals are a sensorial reward after winter’s whiteout, some flowers and plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. As you begin to plant, or simply admire neighbors’ flowers, keep your pets in mind and steer them clear of the greenery.

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Healthy Adult Cat Guide | 1 - 7 Years Old

Tips on keeping your adult cat healthy and strong from 1 year to 7 years old.

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Healthy Mature Cat Guide

Tips on keeping your mature cat healthy and vital over 8 years old.

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Healthy Dog Guide: Senior Dog

Tips on keeping your senior dog healthy and vital over 8 years old.

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Healthy Dog Guide: Adult Dog

Dogs in their adult life stage are at the peak of health. Help keep your adult dog healthy and strong from 1 year to 7 years old.

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Running with Dogs: Good or Bad for Your Dog?

Thinking about taking your dog running with you? Check these tips on running with your four-legged pal.

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Why Do Cats Meow?

Cats have many ways of expressing themselves whether they purr, meow, howl or hiss — but what do they all mean? De-code your cat's vocal stylings to discover what she really wants.

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How to Take Care of Kittens

Adopting a new kitten or just thinking it over? Even if you've had a kitten before, here are some basics for your review before you bring her home.

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Welcome Home Puppy!

Congratulations! You now have an unending source of unconditional love all wrapped up in a wriggling, adorable ball of fur. Here are tips to keep your puppy healthy during the first 12 weeks.

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Taking Care of a Kitten | 8 to 12 Weeks

Congratulations! You now have an unending source of unconditional love all wrapped up in a wriggling, adorable ball of fur. Here are tips to keep your kitten healthy during the first 12 weeks.

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Your Puppy’s Growing!

Your puppy is growing quickly now at 3 to 6 months. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your puppy healthy.

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7 to 12 Months - Becoming a Healthy Adult Dog

At 7-12 months old, your puppy is growing into adulthood. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your puppy healthy during this vital stage.

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Taking Care of a Kitten | 3 to 6 Months

Your kitten is growing quickly now at 3 to 6 months. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your kitten healthy.

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Taking Care of a Kitten | 7 to 12 Months

At 7-12 months old, your kitten is growing into adulthood. Here are training tips and nutrition advice to keep your kitten healthy during this vital stage.

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Ready to adopt a dog? Finding the right fit and easing the transition

Finding and bringing home the right new dog can be exhilarating and challenging.  That’s why having a game plan to prepare your family is crucial.

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Adopting a Dog from a Shelter

There are millions of dogs in shelters waiting to find forever homes. Consider these 7 reasons to adopt a dog from your local shelter.

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Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

There are millions of cats in shelters waiting to find forever homes. Consider these 7 reasons to adopt a cat from your local shelter.

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How to Prevent Dog Bites

Understanding dog behavior and learning their body language is crucial for avoiding harmful contact. 

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How to Introduce Two Cats

If you’re adding a second (or third) cat to your lovable litter, consider the following tips to help make life easier for all the felines in your family—including yourself.

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Picking the Right Toys for Dogs and Cats

As pet owners we intuitively know to give our dogs and cats toys for playtime, but did you know all the benefits they are providing? Learn about all the incredible benefits pet toys provide for your dog or cat.

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Brush Up on Home Dental Care for Your Pets

Your cat or dog doesn’t need to use their sharp fangs to hunt down their food anymore, but they still need healthy teeth and gums. Learn how to brush your pet's teeth and other pet dental care tips.

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Indoor Games and Activities for Dogs

With cold weather comes the urge to bundle up and take it easy by the fire but just because the temperature drops doesn't mean your dog's energy drops with it. Try these indoor activities to prevent your dog from having cabin fever.

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How to Read Dog Body Language

You can’t always judge a dog by its behavior. Learn the behavior signs your dog is showing and what they mean.

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Dog & Cat Training Tips for the Holidays

Whether you have a new pet or a long-time pal that needs a refresher, it’s a good idea to review their repertoire of commands before the holidays hit.

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

First Thanksgiving, then Hanukkah and Christmas…then the New Year’s here before you know it. Help keep your dog and cat safe during the hectic holiday season.

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Keep Your Kitty Warm in Winter

When the temperature starts to drop and you prepare for any upcoming snow, be sure you’re there to help your fuzzy little kitten get ready for the weather as well – despite how independent she may seem right from day one.

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Grooming Your Pet-From Head to Paws

Grooming your dog or cat is more than just about keeping them clean, it’s really about their overall health and well being. Check out these valuable grooming tips and important insights into keeping your dog or cat looking and feeling his best.

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The Right Vet For Your Pet

One of the most important people in your pet's life is your veterinarian. Choosing the right vet for your dog or cat requires careful consideration.

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs & Cats

End of summer and back to school can just as jarring for your pets as for your kids. Be ready for changes in your pet's schedule that may cause separation anxiety.

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5 Resolutions to Help Your Pet Thrive in the New Year

The new year is a time for new beginnings. But humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a fresh start. Here are 5 resolutions you can make to help your pet thrive in the new year.

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Barbecue Safety for Pets

Outdoor barbecues and summertime go hand in hand, but many of us may not realize some of the inherent dangers for pets when it comes to grilling.   Make sure to keep your dog or cat safe during the next outdoor barbecue with these tips.

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How to Teach a Dog to Swim

During the dog days of summer, a dunk in the pool, lake, or ocean can be refreshing, not just for you but for your pooch as well. Not all dogs are meant to take the plunge, however. Learn how to determine whether your dog has the ability to swim, then follow these suggestions to teach him effectively.

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